Monthly Archives: May 2012

“As soon as…”

It is more motivating to tell a child they can do something more desirable, “as soon as” they do something you want them to do, rather than to tell them “not until.”  An example is to say to the child … Continue reading

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Tattling vs Telling

Most parents know to tell their children not to tattle.  It is not always clear what tattling is.  It can be helpful to explain that tattling is when the child reports something that doesn’t hurt them and doesn’t hurt the … Continue reading

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Unconditional love

Love the child you have rather than wanting him, or her to be like a sibling, or like someone else’s child. Look for the best in your child.  When your child misbehaves, be sure to be clear that you love … Continue reading

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Competition vs Cooperation

Many children are naturally competitive or naturally cooperative.  It is part of in-born temperament.  Both characteristics are important and desirable.  Be sure to teach naturally competitive children when and how to be cooperative, and naturally cooperative children when and how … Continue reading

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Family Rules

1.  In our family we keep people, and other living things’,  bodies safe. This means no hitting, pinching, pushing; anything that would hurt the body of ourselves, or another living being. 2.  In our family we we keep people’s feelings … Continue reading

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“Is My Child Autistic, Gifted or Quirky?”

Olivia, at three, has memorized every dinosaur in the book which she is beginning to read, by the way. Eli dresses in a different costume every day of pre-school and will respond if you address him by whatever character he … Continue reading

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The Yellow Lego Story

The Dad placed a yellow lego on top of the blue lego tower he and his son had just built, and announced it was a “searchlight.”. The pre-schooler wailed, “No, No, just blue.” What is a good parent to do? … Continue reading

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